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Posted: 04/06/2015 at 16:28

How about astilbes Charley?  Some superb varieties now.  Some have superb foliage colour before the flowere come to give a very long period of interest.  

Which one should I move?

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 16:01

Daryl I would remove the tradescantia and cut it back.  Plant it or pot it up and water well.  It should recover to flower in a few weeks.  


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 15:57

I have experimented with them a little.  The aim was for them to flower during mid to late summer.  I cut them hard back in late spring, etc., and waited for them to grow.  The summer growth is poor, the flowers poor.  

Senettii, for me, is essentially a cool season plant.....viz., not hardy but not liking hot sun for too long.  They progressively deteriorated never making a second year.  Glorious flowers at their peak but best treated as an annual


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 15:53

How big is your acer Simon?  

how sheltered is the new site?  


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 15:42

Its not hot, hot, hot here.  Just beautifully warm.  Nice sea breezes.

took a friend to gc today.....composts etc....and I've got the plant leader to give me a discount on a plant.  Slightly complicated, bit of lateral thinking but, heck, a cheaper plant.  And he has to order it for me .... Friend's hosta torn to shreds. no sign of fhe pesky culprit until I took it out of its pot and there they were .....2 snails in the rootball.  And one in the rim of the pot.  Ran out of copper tape and the snail was in the rim not covered by the tape.  Will renew it but  I think it proves its worth. Now cut back to base, well watered, repotted and  new leaves expected soon.

stipa gigantea dancing in the breeze out there...who needs flowers?

got to water pot plants....why did I plant so many? ,

Recentlyplanted apple tree very ill!!!

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 12:47

Its a thing people have resistance to, viz., removing fruit from young trees.  Young trees struggle to produce fruif and grow strongly.  Removing the fruit emables the tree to concentrate on establishing a robust system.

First time grower - problems with young plants

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 12:44

Yep,agree totally with  Lyn.  But, are you over watering Lucy?  

Small plants in small pots grow faster and better than in bigger pots.  When roots can be seen at the bottom of the pot then put into a larger one.  Again, not a large pot ...just slightly bigger than the pot before.  This way you will get strong fast growing plants.  

Shrivelled and dry mail order plants?

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 07:33

Its not about your plants recovering louise.  Its the condition they came in. ,there is no hassle in complaining

Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 07:31

It is odd.....2 of my recently acquired hostas seem to need different conditions.  Liberty is happy in sun in the ground. autumn frost is burned a little.  In a pot...well watered....but moved to shadier spot. ,they are similar hostas.  Most of my hostas are in the sun and thrive....except for Fire Island which just seems weak.  A free replacement is due so we will see.


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 07:25

Beautiful morning.  Quick walk with dog then off.  prob a high of 18 today ....cooling air from sea making it very pleasant.

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Why I resort to online purchases....

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Not more photos.....

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Been knipped.......

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There's orangey........

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Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Oh no.....not again...

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 11:45

Oh eck!

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